Michelle Obama stops in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday

First Lady makes announcement on jobs for veterans during Florida stop

FORT LAUDERDALE - First Lady Michelle Obama was campaigning in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday evening.

Mrs. Obama spoke to supporters at the War Memorial Auditorium, discussing voting, health care reform, and the war in Iraq.

"Remind folks how Barack ended the war in Iraq, passed historic health reform, and stood up for our most fundamental rights again and again and again," said Michelle Obama.

The First Lady also stopped at Holiday Park Community Center in Fort Lauderdale before her campaign event.

Earlier in the day in Jacksonville, Mrs. Obama shared reports that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year. That exceeds a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of 2013.

Mrs. Obama announced that the same companies have committed to hire or train an additional 250,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014. That includes hiring or training 50,000 military spouses -- and helping them keep those jobs as families move from one duty station to another.

Meantime, in Fort Lauderdale, several had to be treated for heat exhaustion as they waited for the First Lady to arrive.

Five people were transported to Broward Health. Paramedics treated nine others at the scene.

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